Oscar de la Renta on Fashion, Work, and the Power of Confidence

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Famed fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died yesterday at 82, and tributes are already pouring out for the man who was as beloved for his wisdom and support of women as he was for his legendary gowns. We've pulled together some of his most inspiring quotes, many of which speak to his passion for style and love of the creative process.

It's inspiring stuff for any working person, particularly those in a creative field. And for those who aren't, de la Renta still had plenty to say about the incredible achievements he's seen women make during his lifetime, as well as that one all-important quality for any professional person: confidence. Which is undoubtedly what you felt when you wore one of his famous designs.

Click through below for Oscar de la Renta's best quotes through the years.

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Oscar de la Renta on Fashion, Work, and the Power of Confidence
"I'm a very restless person. I'm always doing something. The creative process never stops."
"I wanted this, I wanted to do this, but my work is me, and it has to be right."
"I've lived every day to the fullest, and I've had a marvelous time. I've tried to be nice to the people I care about, and ignore the ones I don't. I enjoy what I've done."
“What women have achieved in the last 50 years, I wish men would have achieved in the last 100.”
“I design clothes for women to wear. I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes.”
“Walk like you have three men walking behind you.”
“Being well dressed hasn’t much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense.”
"We live in an era of globalization and the era of the woman. Never in the history of the world have women been more in control of their destiny."
"There is always an emotional element to anything that you make."
"Fashion is about dressing according to what's fashionable. Style is more about being yourself."
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